Who likes being called unfair? Raise your hand. A desire to be considered fair is in our bones and to be called unfair is considered one of life's ultimate insults. We instinctively sense unfairness when we experience it but bristle when when the charge is leveled against us.
Fairness in compensation, however, is a topic almost no one seems to want to really talk about. How can we objectively determine if a pay plan is fair and do we even want to "go there?" Well, with all the talk these days about income inequality, businesses really can't avoid the subject any longer. The media and politicians are highlighting it constantly and employees are becoming more sensitive and verbal about what they perceive to be inequities in their compensation. So what do you do?